Disclosure: This is post is sponsored by Naturally Fresh® dressing – in exchange for this post, I received a form of compensation. However, all opinions, ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites recipes, and bad puns are 100% my own.
Rumor has it, with football season winding down, there’s going to be some sort of BIG sendoff for that final game. Something super, I’m told. 😉
Last year, I shared with you my game day better-for-you baked ranch quesadillas – which are still one of my favorite quick meal ideas to whip up, particularly for my picky tots. So this year, when the folks at Naturally Fresh® asked to team up for another game day creation, I wanted to try to kick up the healthy factor a little more. Initially, I set out to create a ranch-flavored broccoli cheese quinoa creation, but it didn’t turn out as I expected. So back to the drawing board.
I knew I wanted something with veggies, so a broccoli cheese appetizer sounded like a good idea. Thankfully, these easy broccoli cheese bites sort of created themself. So eventually, I created ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites!
But first I had to tweek it and make it my own, which involved a few trials and errors. I blame it on making a Facebook declaration of my intentions. I digress. The final product turned out great, and was actually super quick and easy to make. Oh, and quite tasty!
But best of all, I was able to make something delicious, and feel good about what’s in it. The key ingredient? Naturally Fresh® Ranch dressing. You see, what makes Naturally Fresh stand out from other store-bought ranch dressings is there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – so I feel good about giving it to my family, AND you can really taste the difference!
Ranch-flavored Broccoli Cheddar Bites
- 2 1/4 c biscuit/pancake mix (like Bisquick)
- 1/3 c milk
- 1/3 c + ~2 tbs Naturally Fresh® ranch dressing
- 1 1/4 c broccoli florets*, very finely diced
- 3/4 c finely diced onion
- 1/2 c + 1/4 c melted butter
- garlic powder to taste
- salt & pepper, to taste (I used about 4 shakes of pepper, and 3 shakes of salt.)
- 1 1/2 c + ~1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 425º. Mix the biscuit mix, milk, 1/3 c ranch, 1/4 c melted butter, garlic powder, and salt and pepper until it becomes dough-like. Fold in broccoli, onion, and cheddar. Scoop in to mini muffin pans, about 1/3 to 1/2 filled. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for 12-15 min. While baking, melt additional butter and ranch, brush on top immediately when they come out of the oven. Oooh, ahh, and enjoy!
* I used a bag of frozen broccoli florets, and just set them out for a few hours to thaw, without the fear of over-cooking them. Fresh broc would work just as well. Also, I diced mine up using the Vitamix because …well, y’all know I love my thrifted Vitamix!
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